Fun Fact: Did You Know There Is an Antiques Capital of Maryland?

Maryland has plenty to offer when it comes to antiquing, but the town of New Market in Frederick County has been dubbed the “Antiques Capital of Maryland”. The town was founded in 1793, developing around the major trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore. In the early 1800s, the Baltimore Turnpike became part of the National Turnpike, one of the most traveled highways in America. Travelers saw New Market as an ideal rest stop, and people…

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Fun Fact: What County Had the Most Popular Beach Before Everyone Went to Ocean City?

Before Ocean City, Betterton Beach in Kent County was a popular tourist destination that attracted thousands of visitors a year. Betterton Beach is located at the mouth of the Sassafras River on the north end of the Chesapeake Bay. Its proximity to the flowing freshwater Susquehanna River and the gently slopping sandy beach made for an ideal swimming spot. The lack of salt in the water meant there were no sea nettles to be found,…

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Fun Fact: One of the Most Beautiful Doorways in America Resides in This Maryland County

The Hammond-Harwood House in Anne Arundel County is said to have one of the most beautiful doorways in America. The Hammond-Harwood House was designed in spring 1774 by William Buckland, a well-known British architect who came to the colonies as an indentured servant in 1755. He is credited for introducing a variety of designs into mainstream architecture in the colonies. Buckland drew from a variety of architectural styles when designing the front door of the…

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Hogan Proclaims May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months

Governor Hogan today issued a proclamation to declare May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months in order to recognize the return of the 17-year periodical cicada and general public awareness. Only found in the eastern United States, the Brood X periodical cicadas only emerge every 17 years. They will begin to emerge in early May and will die off by the end of June. From the press release: “I encourage all Marylanders to take…

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Fun Fact: Where Can You Find the Geographic Center of Maryland?

The geographic center of Maryland is located in Prince Georges County. Prince George’s County was named for Prince George of Denmark, brother of Christian V, king of Denmark and Norway. It was created by the English Council of Maryland in the Province of Maryland in April 1696 from portions of Charles and Calvert counties. The entire state is about 250 miles long and 90 miles wide, covering 12,407 square miles. Believe it or not, Maryland…

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Fun Fact: Which County is the Home of Maryland’s First State Park?

Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County has the distinction of being Maryland’s first state park. April 10-16, 2021 is the first Maryland State Parks Week, so we're celebrating with a fun fact on state parks! By the 1900s, Maryland’s forest reserves were in deplorable condition. Loss of wildlife habitats, erosion, forest fires, and depleting woodland were among the main contributors of the need for forest conservation. As a solution to this growing problem, the…

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Fun Fact: Can You Get a Home Run? Match the #MLB Player to Their Home Base

Did you know nearly 300 Major League Baseball players were born in Maryland counties? Every state in the U.S. has had at least one player make it to the big leagues. While some Maryland-born players had their heyday in the early 1900s, others have come on the scene as recently as 2021. While not all have played for the home team, their history in our state is far-reaching. For example, New York’s old Yankee Stadium…

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Fun Fact: In Which Maryland County Was George Washington Born?

If you thought the nation’s first President was born in Maryland, think again! President George Washington was born in Virginia, but his doppelganger, Drexel Truitt, was born in Wicomico County, Maryland. John Flanagan, the designer of the quarter we carry in our pockets today, did not want to use old photos to chisel the former President’s likeness. He wanted a live model. Enter Drexel Truitt who was born in Pittsville, Maryland, but had moved to…

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Fun Fact: In Which County Was the Oldest Colonial Site in Maryland Recently Discovered?

On Monday, archeologists announced they had discovered, at long last, the outlines of a palisaded fort erected by European settlers in 1634 in what is now St. Mary’s County. A conjectural drawing of the 1634 fort at the St. Mary's settlement in Maryland. (Jeffrey R. Parno/Historic St. Mary's City via The Washington Post ) Archeologists had been searching for the fort since the 1930s, discovering other amazing artifacts along the way. The remains of former…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Was the Home of Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman was the daughter of Harriet Green and Benjamin Ross, and was born into slavery in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as Araminta “Minty” Ross, one of eight siblings . Her resistance to slavery and its abuses was evident early on when, at the age of 12, she intervened to keep her enslaver from beating another slave who had tried to escape. She was hit in the head with a 2-pound weight, which…

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